That's a hard case. Anyway, she is young and unfortunately finding out that she is diabetic isn't easy, more so if her lifestyle is about to be changed. it's like a free bird suddenly caged. Maybe you want to approach this differently. If you become too stiff or strict she might rebel or become more stubborn. Bring her to a diabetic educator - but gradually insert your visits until she gets used to the schedule and not see it as a "hassle" in her day to day activities. Just a suggestion though.Hello
I have a 17 year old daughter who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2006 during her sports physical. It was, of course, a shock to both of us because she had not displayed any symptoms of the disease. We have gone through the diabetic education and also meet with a pediatric endocronologist and his staff every three months and keep in contact with them via fax and telephone calls trying to regulate Kaylees insulin dosage. My daughter refuses to take responsibility for her care!....She "fudges" her charts that I fax to her doctor every 12 days, doesn't test her blood often enough (maybe 3 times per day on a good day!) and "estimates" the carbs she's eaten. It's impossible to regulate her insulin because we have no idea what she's eaten and unless I go back and check her meter on a daily basis we have no idea what her sugar is. I have tried desparately to make her understand that how she cares for her diabetes now will affect her future. She knows about kidney failure, blindness, loss of limbs, etc...but I think she truly believes this won't happen to her! I have grounded her, taken away her driving, computer and phone priveleges a few times now and she's "good" for a couple days, then reverts back to her old ways. Does anyone else out there have a child who was going through the same thing? Any ideas or tips on how to get her to step up and take control of her diabetes??? I'm so sad and angry and frustrated....I don't know what else to do. Her attitude when I ask her why she isn't keeping track of her sugar, carbs etc is just a plain old "I don't know Mom" and she sports an attitude from then on. Please...if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate hearing from you.